'Into The Weeds' Raises the Alarm on Toxic Weed Killer. The Pesticide Industry Is Pushing Back

Credit: Daniel Schwen

I have been fighting big polluters and the corrupt "agency capture" that has prevented effective government action on environmental threats for my entire career. In effect, that agency capture has made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a partner in crime with the corporations that poison our environment and endanger our health.

A blockbuster new documentary, "Into the Weeds," tells the story of groundskeeper Dewayne "Lee" Johnson and his legal battle against Bayer-Monsanto after a terminal cancer diagnosis because of his exposure to their product RoundUp/Ranger Pro. RoundUp's active ingredient, glyphosate, is the world's most widely used weed-killing herbicide. Much of the evidence in scientific literature has found that glyphosate is likely carcinogenic in humans, and responsible for other health effects including microbiome, liver and kidney, and endocrine disruption, as well as detrimental effects on biodiversity.

The documentary reveals evidence that Bayer/Monsanto knew about the toxicity of their product. For 40-plus years, Monsanto has rigged the science by financing ghostwritten articles and peer-reviewed studies downplaying Roundup's adverse effects on health. But Lee Johnson would never have been able to take this giant multinational corporation to court if a bill currently being considered by Congress had been the law of the land.